L’uomo che scoprì l’America

Oggi siamo abituati a pensare all’America come a un paese “familiare”, siamo abituati a vederla nei film, nei documentari e a sceglierla come meta delle vacanze. Ma spesso dimentichiamo che poco più di 500 anni fa era una terra sconosciuta.

Fu solo nel 1492, infatti, che Cristoforo Colombo giunse su queste terre. All’inizio, questo marinaio italiano pensò di essere giunto in India, perché con la sua spedizione voleva dimostrare che la terra è rotonda. Aveva ragione, ma non sapeva che c’era un altro continente da superare prima di giungere in India.

Capita la verità, Colombo aprì le porte alla conquista del nuovo continente da parte dei popoli europei. Questo ha purtroppo causato la scomparsa di molte popolazioni originarie dell’America, ma ha anche contribuito a modellare il mondo per come lo conosciamo oggi.

The man who discovered America

Today the majority of people have some familiarity with the American continent because is depicted in many movies and documentaries, and also because many people decide to spend their vacations there. But we often forget that this continent was completely unknown some 500 centuries ago.

It was during the year 1492, in fact, that the Italian seafarer Cristoforo Colombo arrived in the American territory. At first, Colombo was convinced to have reached the Indian coasts, since he wanted to demonstrate that the earth was a sphere. On this last point, he was right, but he didn’t know that another land lied in between Europe and India.

Once acknowledged this fact, Colombo and other European seafarer began the conquest of the new territories. Sadly, this brought terrible consequences for the native population but contributed also to form the world that we live in today.


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